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Suffrage by Nikki Bennett

Purple is for the bruising –

wrists chained,

wind-pipes shouting,

throats force-fed,

a body trampled,

windows broken,

hatchet-, hammer-, bomb-damage.


White is for the sweet stalls,


corsets, bonnets,

tight hour-glass,

lace-trimmed dresses,

peaceful marches,

honey-voiced speeches.


Green is for the new growth

post-prison and

war fields,

higher pay,

better health care,

work conditions,


returning soldiers,

aspiring women,

fighting on.

Nikki Bennett
Poet in Residence – Chester Cathedral, 4th October 2018